Senegalese voters can now use passports, licenses
Court approves president’s demands
By Alpha Kamara
The country’s Constitutional Court approved Thursday President Macky Sall’s move to allow voters to use passports and driver’s licenses.
Sall urged the court Monday to allow those without voter ID cards, to cast ballots with national documents.
“In the withdrawal of biometric identity cards, the President of the Republic submitted to the Constitutional Council … that voters '
But opposition coalition members opposed the directive, claiming it as a slap to democracy in Senegal.
Democratic Party of Senegal PDS, lawmaker, Mamadou Lamine Diallo said “the move violates the ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States] electoral code that says election laws should not
Police fired tear gas Thursday in Dakar to disperse opposition members who protested the directive. Six opposition members were arrested.
Election Day is Sunday and 47 political coalitions have registered to select candidates for 165 seats in the National Assembly.
The elections commission says the cost of the election is 9 billion CFA Francs but the opposition puts the cost a lot higher.
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